The search is on for nominations for the 2014 Moderator’s Community Service Medal. Successful nominees will have the opportunity to be presented with their medal during the Uniting Church in Queensland’s 31st Synod meeting at Alexandra Park Conference Centre 10-15 October.
Colleen Geyer, Director of Mission, UnitingCare Queensland and member of the judging panel, said the Moderator’s Medal is a great way to recognise the invaluable work of volunteers.
“The Moderator’s Medal is a wonderful opportunity to acknowledge dedicated volunteers who do great work in the community.
“Last year we received a total of 46 nominations – double the number received for the previous Moderator’s Medal. The standard of entries was incredibly high and the judges felt that every single nomination was worthy of a Moderator’s Medal. The task of selecting finalists is exceptionally difficult,” Colleen said.
This year judges are looking for nominations that truly reflect the UnitingCare Queensland mission:
As part of The Uniting Church, the mission of UnitingCare Queensland is to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities as we: Reach out to people in need; Speak out for fairness and justice; Care with compassion, innovation and wisdom.
To be considered for the medal, nominees must be a volunteer, past or present and have exhibited outstanding service over a number of years. They need to have been involved in community service work other than congregational work (e.g. with Blue Care, UnitingCare Community, UnitingCare Health hospitals, Wesley Mission Brisbane or community service agencies outside the Uniting Church) and must not be in paid employment connected to their volunteer work.
Nominations can be made via the UnitingCare Queensland website. Detailed information about the nominee and their outstanding contribution to the community should be included to assist the judging panel. Unsuccessful past applicants are encouraged to submit their nominations again this year.
Nominations close Friday 22 August, 2014.